Thalaba Baptist Community
Thalaba Church Road
Thalaba Baptist Community Cemetery was established, according to the information provided on site, in 1869. However, only a handful of inscriptions are to be found dated before 1901, the earliest being 1862. The monuments are generally in good order and legible. A small columbarium exhibits eleven plaques. In 1983 Alick & Linly Brewer donated further land for a Lawn Cemetery. The cemetery adjoins the Thalaba Baptist Community Church both of which are obviously well cared for by the local community.
Joe Sharman visited and photographed Thalaba cemetery and its inscriptions in September 2010. Colin Eyb kindly updated the list and provided additional information in February 2013. In February 2018 Colin again visited the cemetery and photographed all recent graves as well as adding inscriptions for an additional 10 unmarked graves from the 1800's.
The date on the cemetery sign is misleading. Thalaba Cemetery is on the 2560 acre Thalaba Estate which was granted to Benjamin Sullivan in 1828. In 1844 it was subdivided and sold to many free settlers. By approx. 1850 Thalaba Cemetery was established on land donated by Edwin Marsh. Almost 20 years later in 1869 a small Baptist church was formed which mostly met in the local school. Rapid church growth occurred in 1879 and again the Marsh family donated land, adjacent to the cemetery, for a church building which was opened in 1881.
Joe's pictures may be accessed via the list of inscriptions for this cemetery. In compiling the list, reference was made to the NSW indices of births, deaths and marriages and to the Australian War Memorial online military rolls for extra information. Colin's information on unmarked graves was obtained from church records.
From Dungog, head north on Stroud Hill Road for 1km, turn right into Alison Road for 6.5km and left into Thalabah Church Road for 1.1km to the cemetery, which is on the right (southern) side of the road. Lat -32.443515, Long 151.784125
For further information, contact the Secretary, Baptist Community Church, 29 Abelard Street, Dungog NSW 2420
2 Feb 2018
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